Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Teaser Tuesday

Teaser Tuesday

My teaser today comes from the book:   Christmas At Tiffany's  by Karen Swan

Pg. 24

She shook her head and finished the rest of her drink. She knew she was drunk and depressed.

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Teaser Tuesday

Teaser Tuesday

My teaser today comes from : Flesh And Blood  by  Patricia Cornwell

pg. 49
"I think you can rule out a drive-by shooting or foiled robbery or anything else that might have involved a handgun," I tell Machado.

Monday, November 17, 2014

The Pocket Wife by Susan Crawford Review-Post

The Pocket Wife  by  Susan Crawford         Review-Post

This is an interesting and intriguing story of a woman on the edge of having a mental collapse when she begins to unravel clues of her husband's infidelity. Her friend and neighbor is found murdered in her home and she fears she may have done it, thinking that was the woman her husband was having the affair with.
Truly a psychological thriller that keeps you riveted to the page.

Mailbox Monday

Mailbox Monday

I didn't receive any books in my mailbox last week, but need the time to catch-up.

Finished reading:  The Pocket Wife by Susan Crawford

Started reading:  Flesh and Blood  by Patricia Cornwell

What did you receiv

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Wondrous Words Wednesday

Wondrous Words Wednesday

My words today come from the book:  Flesh And Blood by Patricia Cornwell

1. Aventurine glass-is a sparkly glass made with copper or copper salts.

2. Mantovana bread- is an olive oil bread.

3. Agave nectar- is a natural sweetener with a pleasant neutral taste. Most comes from Mexico and South Africa.

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Teaser Tuesday

Teaser Tuesday

My teaser today is from :  Flesh And Blood   by  Patricia Cornwell


Midmorning slanted sunlight polishes his hair bright silver, a little longer than usual falling low on his brow and curling up in back.

Monday, November 10, 2014

Mailbox Monday

Mailbox Monday No new books arrived last week, but happy for time to catch-up with my reading. Reading: The Pocket Wife by Susan Crawford What goodies did you receive ?

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Wondrous Words Wednesday

Wondrous Words Wednesday

My words today are from The Pocket Wife by  Susan Crawford

Perfunctory- An action or gesture carried out with a minimum effort or reflection.

Extraneous- Irrelevant or unrelated to the subject being dealt with.

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Teaser Tuesday

Teaser Tuesday

My teaser is from:   The Pocket Wife   by  Susan Crawford


"Peter looked at me like he'd slit my throat if he had the chance." For a moment Dana sees a coldness in his eyes that makes her turn away.

Deadly Odds by Allen Wyler Review-Post

Deadly Odds   by Allen Wyler        Review- Post

      Arnold Gold, a twenty three year old computer genius, is taken over by terrorists after a very unlucky visit to Las Vegas.
      This very suspenseful thriller leaves you on the edge of your seat as he uses his techno skills to get himself out of a deadly mess as the terrorists try to use his knowledge for their benefit. He has to play both sides, which means answering to the FBI also.
       I found this story filled with ingenious twists and turns and quick thinking on Arnold's part to survive this terrible ordeal he is in . Not a dull read indeed!

Monday, November 3, 2014

Mailbox Monday

Mailbox Monday

I had five books arrive in my mailbox last week:

Past Crimes by Glen Erik Hamilton  (courtesy of Wm Morrow publishers)
The Pocket Wife  by Susan Crawford (courtesy of Wm Morrow publishers)
Flesh And Blood  by Patricia Cornwell (courtesy of Wm Morrow publishers)
Saving Grace  by Jane Green (courtesy of Tandem Literary)
Monsters All The Way Down  by Ryan McSwain   (gift from the Author)

What goodies did you receive?

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Wondrous Words Wednesday

Wondrous Words Wednesday

My words are taken from : Dictionary of Unusual & Complicated Words

Opacification- made opaque.

Ablutophobia- fear of washing or bathing.

Ailurophile- a love of cats, a cat fancier.

Michael J. Bowler - And The Children Shall Lead - Review & Giveaway

About the Book

The campaign to save California’s children was only the beginning. Now King Arthur and his Round Table of teenaged knights set their sights on fixing something even bigger – the entire country. How? By targeting America’s most sacred document – The Constitution.

Native American teens Kai and Dakota, despite harboring secrets of their own, join the team, and swear undying loyalty to Lance. They carry the hope of their people that the crusade will better the lives of Indian children, who are the most neglected by government. This new campaign will take the young people to The White House, the halls of Congress, and beyond in their quest to change the prevailing opinion that children are property, rather than human beings in their own right.

But an unseen nemesis stalks Lance and Arthur, and ratchets up the attacks on New Camelot, promising to kill them and destroy all that the king has put in place. Lance, Ricky, Kai, and Dakota become the enemy’s favorite targets, and barely escape with their lives on more than one occasion. Who is this mysterious stalker, and what is the motive for these attacks? Lance has no idea, especially since he’s never intentionally hurt anyone.

“You were right, little boy, death is coming for you, but slowly, and only after it takes out the people you love.” That chilling promise haunts Lance, but also strengthens his determination to protect the people he loves at all costs. Or die trying.

The Knight Cycle Continues…

My Review

In this the fourth book of King Arthur's modern-day campaign, Lance and his band of teenage knights take on an even bigger crusade, hoping to amend the Constitution with a Children's Bill of Rights.

But they face a continuing threat—the stalker who wants to attack the foundations of Camelot by murdering them one by one, saving Lance for last. The tension is heightened as the knights are placed in mortal danger, time and time again from their home base in California all the way to Washington, D.C.

But Lance will do anything to protect the ones he loves, even to the point of dying for them…again. He shows so much loyalty throughout, doing everything in his power to keep them safe.

And they don't let the threat stop them from living their lives. They forge on, trying to keep things as normal as possible. I know a favorite scene of mine was the much anticipated nuptials between King Arthur and Jenny. Young readers will love how One Direction shows up to entertain the guests as the surprise wedding band. It's a nice light-hearted moment where everyone gets to dress up and have fun.

And I was also excited to meet the two new Native American knights, Dakota and Kai, and how their relationship compared and contrasted to that of Lance and Ricky. It was nice to get two different perspectives of how teenage boys handle being in a same sex relationship in America today. Their characters really added to the journey that Michael J. Bowler is taking us on, both in terms of excitement and emotion.

I cannot wait to read the final book in the series and see how it all plays out.


And The Children Shall Lead can be purchased at:
Amazon, Barnes and Noble

Prices/Formats: $4.99 ebook, $14.95 paperback
Pages: 302
Genre: Urban Fantasy, Young Adult
Release: September 25, 2014
Publisher: self-published
ISBN: 9780990306368
Click to add to your Goodreads list.

About the Author

Michael J. Bowler is an award-winning author of seven novels––A Boy and His Dragon, A Matter of Time (Silver Medalist from Reader’s Favorite), and The Knight Cycle, comprised of five books: Children of the Knight (Gold Award Winner in the Wishing Shelf Book Awards), Running Through A Dark Place, There Is No Fear, And The Children Shall Lead, and Once Upon A Time In America.

His horror screenplay, “Healer,” was a Semi-Finalist, and his urban fantasy script, “Like A Hero,” was a Finalist in the Shriekfest Film Festival and Screenplay Competition.

He grew up in San Rafael, California, and majored in English and Theatre at Santa Clara University. He went on to earn a master’s in film production from Loyola Marymount University, a teaching credential in English from LMU, and another master's in Special Education from Cal State University Dominguez Hills.

He partnered with two friends as producer, writer, and/or director on several ultra-low-budget horror films, including “Fatal Images,” “Club Dead,” and “Things II,” the reviews of which are much more fun than the actual movies.

He taught high school in Hawthorne, California for twenty-five years, both in general education and to students with learning disabilities, in subjects ranging from English and Strength Training to Algebra, Biology, and Yearbook.

He has also been a volunteer Big Brother to eight different boys with the Catholic Big Brothers Big Sisters program and a thirty-year volunteer within the juvenile justice system in Los Angeles. He is a passionate advocate for the fair treatment of children and teens in California, something that is sorely lacking in this state.

He has been honored as Probation Volunteer of the Year, YMCA Volunteer of the Year, California Big Brother of the Year, and 2000 National Big Brother of the Year. The “National” honor allowed he and three of his Little Brothers to visit the White House and meet the president in the Oval Office.

He is currently at work on a horror/suspense novel based on his screenplay, “Healer.”

Links to connect with Michael:
Web Site
Blog Tour Site

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Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Teaser Tuesday

Teaser Tuesday

My teaser comes from the book:   Deadly Odds   by Allen Wyler

pg. 6

  A car engine grew more distant, blocks away. A dog barked somewhere on the next block.Graveyard stillness settled over the alley.

Monday, October 27, 2014

Mailbox Monday

Mailbox Monday

Received one new book in my mailbox.

His Name Was Ben   by  Paulette Mahurin   Courtesy of the author.

Hearing the words "it's cancer" threw Sara Phillips' life into chaos, until an unexpected turn of events and a chance encounter with a stranger changed everything-his name was Ben.